updated: 11/23/2011 12:31:33 PM
Indiana University Health Director of Project Management Judy Kendall will spend her Thanksgiving in Africa as part of a charity program. Through her work with Anchor of Hope Charities, Kendall will be in Zambia delivering more than 17,000 pairs of shoes to orphaned children.
November 22, 2011
Indianapolis, Ind. – A local Indianapolis woman will be spending her Thanksgiving holiday in Zambia, Africa, delivering over 17,000 pairs of shoes to orphaned children.
Judy Kendall, the director of project management for Indiana University School of Medicine and Indiana University Health, first visited Southern Africa in 2004. Overwhelmed by the poverty and hunger in the area, she vowed to make a difference. Back in Indiana, Kendall engaged her peers in this cause and eventually founded Anchor of Hope Charities in 2007.
Through Anchor of Hope, Kendall will lead a group of 100 volunteers to six different communities in Zambia – Kembe, Chibombo, Lusaka, Siavonga, Livingston and Choma – between November 24 and December 9 to fit the children with shoes — the first project of its kind for the charity.
“In this country, shoes are a luxury and a stepping stone to education,” said Kendall. “These children are living in rural areas, miles away from the closest school. Without shoes, not only are they subject to cuts, but also disease and infection.” Starting with this trip, Kendall and Anchor of Hope will deliver large shipments of nearly 17,000 new pairs of shoes twice a year.
In addition, the group will help Zambian communities create self-sustaining environments by rebuilding and expanding orphanages and education facilities, installing an irrigation system and developing land for crop production, and building a medical clinic.
About Anchor of Hope Charities
Anchor of Hope is a charity dedicated to providing education and youth development to orphaned and abandoned children in developing countries, with current projects focused in Zambia, Africa. Current projects involve assisting with the development of orphanages by providing irrigation systems and land development so that an orphanage can be self sustaining. Dorm rooms, class rooms, clinics and chapels are also built and offer children a healthy environment for learning. By providing education and youth development programs within an orphanage, Anchor of Hope instills indispensable life skills such as work ethic, confidence, discipline and hope. For more information, visit www.anchorofhopecharities.org.
Source: Anchor of Hope Charities